Jack Nicholson’s incident at the golf club, which you may not remember

Jack Nicholson is in a category of his own. The acclaimed actor has starred in cult films such as The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Chinatown. Fans know the Oscar winner for his eccentric characters and maniacal laugh on screen. And while he’s been celebrated for his powerful performances, he’s also been the center of some not-so-positive headlines.

Nicholson is known for catching fire in his films and personal life. Some of his film scenes have even reflected real events. Nicholson played Adam Sandler’s offbeat therapist Buddy Rydell in the 2003 comedy Anger Management. In one scene, Rydell grabbed a golf club and a baseball bat before deciding to use the baseball bat to smash a car. In a moment imitating art, Nicholson once got into a lot of trouble because of his aggressive tendencies. Do you remember his infamous incident at the golf club? Let’s go back to the ’90s and revisit this groundbreaking story.

Jack Nicholson once smashed a car with a golf club

Jack Nicholson is known as an avid golfer. But he didn’t just use his golf club on the course. In 1994, Nicholson was charged with vandalism and assault in the North Hollywood Los Angeles Times. Angry that a driver had stopped him in traffic, Nicholson repeatedly hit the car’s windshield with a golf club, smashing it. The victim of the incident claimed that he never got out of his car, so he was injured by the flying glass and was very scared. According to witnesses, it was a hit-and-run when Nicholson and a man accompanying him drove away after the incident. Talk about road rage.

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According to Golf Digest, the charges were eventually dropped and Nicholson apologized for his behavior. The actor reportedly settled for $500,000. According to Nicholson, the recent death of a friend and a grueling film directing schedule had contributed to his outburst. But he was well aware of his actions. In a subsequent interview with Golf Digest, Nicholson reflected on the infamous incident. “I was on my way to the court and in the midst of this madness, I kind of knew what I was doing because I reached into my suitcase and purposefully selected a club that I never used on the court: my 2 iron.” Yikes.

Jack Nicholson has lost his temper in the past

Not only the golf club incident points to Jack Nicholson’s recurring anger. In 2014, Nicholson’s ex-girlfriend and actress Anjelica Huston wrote an article for Vanity Fair in which she discussed her relationship with Nicholson. “Jack had a temper.” She also said: “He’s emotional. Life touches him and moves him and upsets him. He is a deep and serious person. He takes things harder than you imagine or than he wants you to know.”

There’s no doubt the A-list actor has lost his cool — and the same goes for the basketball court. According to a 2003 BBC News article, Nicholson was nearly thrown out of a Los Angeles Lakers game for yelling at a referee. The reason? The fact that NBA star Shaquille O’Neal was there for his third foul in the second quarter did not impress him. Nicholson reportedly yelled, “I’m paying a lot of money for this seat” and “This is the NBA, you can’t tell me to sit down.” Officials said he would have been ousted had he stepped onto the field.

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Goodness. Keep calm Jack.